Science Education

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Dr. Ron Preston
MSITE Director of Students
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Elementary Education - Science Concentration

Our Elementary Science Concentration is nationally recognized for preparing effective, knowledgeable, and innovative elementary science specialists.  Our General Science Concentration (Elementary) is vibrant and innovative. The courses are content and pedagogical specific for what teachers need to know for teaching science in an elementary school setting. This concentration provides future educators with hands-on investigative and learning experiences. By choosing this concentration you will be preparing students for success in middle and high school science, careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and also providing them with the tools to become 21st century leaders.

Program Details

Application Requirements

The Science Education Concentrations are administered by the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education (MSITE). Although students who use the concentrations are advised in other departments, MSITE is ready to assist students with questions about the concentrations ( or 252-328-9355).


You are almost finished with your concentration in Elementary Science Education. Please check-in with your advisor in your program area to make sure that you have everything that you need in order to graduate.

Will choosing the elementary science concentration help my employment opportunities?

Yes! Earning the science concentration will almost certainly make your more marketable as it separates you from the majority of elementary education majors. With science a tested area, principals welcome the opportunity to hire someone with expertise in this subject.

If I do the elementary science concentration, how much else do I have to do in order to add middle grades science to my license?

The key to adding middle grades science to your elementary licensure is to successfully take the Praxis II test in middle grades science. You should also take additional coursework to get to 24 hours of science or perhaps you simply want to take the 24-hour concentration designed for middle grades majors.

How difficult is it to schedule the elementary science concentration courses?

Because some of the courses are designed specifically for elementary science concentrators, they are offered just one time per year. So it takes some planning to ensure you can take those at an appropriate time. The other two courses (SCIE 3216 and the Foundations Curriculum science course) provide many options. So the upside is that the course are designed for elementary teachers and the downside is that it takes more careful planning to complete the concentration that some others.

I am currently taking SCIE 3216 and have become excited about teaching science. But I see from the suggested program of study that I should have already had some of the elementary science content courses (SCIE 3270, 3280, 3290). Can I still complete the program?

If you still have two or three semesters to take courses (not counting the internship semester), you could still take the specialized elementary science courses. Two of them are offered in the fall semester and the other two in the spring semester.

"Opened opportunities to informal science experiences (ideas for other jobs).  Multiple ideas for experiments I can actually use in my class!"
~ Katherine White